Matt Bevin wins in Kentucky

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: Matt Bevin, Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky, is interviewed in Roll Call offices. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky’s governorship on Tuesday as the GOP made major inroads in a state that had stubbornly resisted the party at the state level even as it voted reliably Republican in federal contests in recent years.

Bevin, a self-funding investment manager, rode a late surge of outside support from national Republicans to defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Bevin will become just the second Republican to inhabit the governor’s mansion in Frankfort in more than four decades.

Polls prior to the vote showed a close race, with most surveys giving Conway, the state’s sitting attorney general, a slight advantage.

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